Published: June 01, 2007
Washington D.C. – In time for the 2007 hurricane season, the Business Roundtable’s Partnership for Disaster Response, a cross-industry task force of the nation’s top companies, developed new educational resources through all phases of disaster—prepare, respond and recover—to help the private sector better prepare and respond to disasters.
The following educational resources can help company’s business continuity, security, communications, human resources and contributions departments refine their company’s disaster plans and are available on www.respondtodisaster.org, the clearinghouse of information on disaster preparedness and response.
“In addition to swiftly responding to disasters with money, products and expertise, we play an important role in educating our workforce about preparing for disasters to help themselves, our communities and our businesses,” said Richard Keyser, Chairman and CEO of W.W. Grainger Inc and Chairman of the Partnership for Disaster Response. “Advance planning is critical to safeguarding our employees, businesses and communities and can mitigate the effects of a disaster.”
Since 2005, the Partnership has been working closely with the federal government, relief agencies and other business organizations to foster public-private collaborations, develop plans and identify deployable resources throughout all phases of disaster response to ensure that the business community’s response efforts address the most critical needs and mobilize the unique technologies and resources of its member companies.
Business Roundtable is an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies with nearly $6 trillion in annual revenues and more than 12 million employees. Member companies comprise nearly a third of the total value of the U.S. stock markets and pay more than 60 percent of all corporate income taxes paid to the federal government. Annually, they pay more than $167 billion in dividends to shareholders and the economy.
Business Roundtable companies give more than $7 billion a year in combined charitable contributions, representing nearly 60 percent of total corporate giving. They are technology innovation leaders, with more than $111 billion in annual research and development spending – nearly half of all total private R&D spending in the U.S.